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Old 02-01-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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ischemic hypertensive heart disease

I have just lost my dad to this ,and i would be grateful if someone could explain to me exactly what it is ,in simple terms ,all i find when i do a google search is medical jargon,which i dont understand.
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Re: ischemic hypertensive heart disease

They are really talking about two diseases that can be intimately related.
Hypertension over many years can cause remodelling (enlarging) of the left ventricle and an inability to pump blood properly.
Ischemia is a shortage of blood to a part of the heart usually causing pain (angina.)

The hypertensive heart is said to be a risk factor for forming arterial coronary plaques that interefer with blood flow through the heart.
Even WITHOUT plaque, the remodeled heart is stretched and this by itself interferes with proper blood flow.

THus the two conditions combine with the result the heart begins to fail slowly..Congestive Heart Failure.

Loosely speaking that is what killed your father.

THe tie in might not always be strong between the hypertension and the ischemia and thus it might be applied to someone who has died of many coronary blockages and who merely ALSO had hypertension...a not uncommon finding.

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Re: ischemic hypertensive heart disease

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I have just lost my dad to this ,and i would be grateful if someone could explain to me exactly what it is ,in simple terms ,all i find when i do a google search is medical jargon,which i dont understand.
Thank you in advance
Hypertension has normal measurement that indicate the pressure needed to pump blood into circulation and filling pressure. Hypertension results when the pressure increases to pump blood into circulation. The higher pressure is necessary when aging vessels have hardened (less elasticity) and narrowed.

This increased resistence causes higher pressure stressing the heart and eventually it will fail, if the underlying condition is not successfully treated. A failing heart will not pump efficiently enough to meet the blood/oxygen demand for the heart muscle and there will be ischemia. (medical term for lack of blood to the heart). In addition the heart's vessels (arteries) may have obstructed a good blood flow as well with some hardening and buildup for a partial block or total block of blood supply causing the heart muscle to die.

 
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